Most said it was a vagina. One girl even said she had never heard of the term ‘vulva’. This is not uncommon when I present sexuality education – even to female adults.
One of the the main things many of the young people reported that they learned from the Sex Ed session was:
- the correct names for “…female’s bits”
- “‘…the name of the vagina and the vulva”
- “…that the vulva area has three holes
Parents can offer young people reliable alternative information sources to what they are currently exposed to; see websites listed below.
Media and Popular culture often get it wrong i.e. Some popular women’s websites, such as one that has over 450,000 Facebook followers, commonly uses the term ‘vagina’ when providing information about the ‘vulva’ in it’s articles for women. Pornography, often young people’s main sex educator, has certainly instructed young people on what an anus is, but as far as accurate anatomy education it is obviously terribly inadequate.
Read more about the Clitoris here.